Last Week at Home

view from the wetlands this morning

I have less than a week to go before I travel to Mexico. January and February have flown by. It seems as though it is already spring on the west coast of Canada! I've walked every day this week and I've noticed new green leaves, pussy willows and blossoms everywhere.
This rhododendron bush is very early.
I have been trying to simplify my travels by packing very little. I will by taking a very small carry-on bag and a tote. Despite all my difficulties with luggage last year, I will still check my suitcase. I won't be able to purchase some of my toiletries in Oaxaca so I don't have an option. I had my hair cut shorter than usual so upkeep will be minimal.

no rain to spoil the camellias
The weather seems so lovely at home that I have mixed feelings about leaving. Oaxaca is very different from Paris. Different foods, different people and a different language.  I'm a little bit afraid. I've researched markets, grocery stores, churches, concerts and special celebrations. Since I will be alone much of the time, I will need to seek out activities and new friends.  I'm sure that when I am volunteering, I will meet interesting new people.
close to home
I will continue to work on my writing and on my blog in Oaxaca. I have packed my stitchery and I am wondering about my small sketch book. There is an excellent lending library in Oaxaca and I have a favourite book store, Amate Books, which is near my apartment. Perhaps I will read some Spanish books while I am in Mexico.

This week, I have prescriptions to fill, banking to arrange, last-minute laundry, and Monsieur-proofing the apartment. I usually put ornaments away so that it is easier to clean. Monsieur is a bit minimalist so
no-wife and no woman-stuff for a while is a bit of a break for him. It's odd but true!

I am still reading the Phillip Yancey book What's so Amazing about Grace and will continue the study-book while I'm away. I feel the tote bag getting heavier as I type.  Oh, well! As my brother keeps repeating "It's all part of the adventure."

“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” – John Steinbeck


  1. Buen viaje, Madame! Your photos of spring in Vancouver are lovely. We are enjoying the mildest of winters.

  2. Or perhaps I should have written Buen viaje, Senora, so as not to get the languages too confused.

    1. I can't believe our weather. I probably will mix my languages because I haven't spoken Spanish for 5 years.

  3. I am envious of your early spring. Here in Ohio the temperature is 5 degrees Fahrenheit and the ground is covered with several inches of snow.
    Buen viaje.

  4. I hope you have now arrived safely in Mexico and will be checking this entry for additional messages. I just wanted you to know that you have people thinking about you and who are eager to hear of your adventure..

    1. Thank you. I arrived after an evening of misadventure!


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